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Undergraduate teaching of evolution in Chile: more than natural selection [Enseñanza de la evolución en Chile: más que selección natural]

  • Author(s): Ahumada, Patricio;
  • Astorga, Guadalupe;
  • Bull-Herenu, Kester;
  • Cabrera, Ricardo;
  • Caputo, Luciano;
  • Carmona, Carlos;
  • Cecchi, Caludia C.;
  • Cortes, Nelson;
  • Cortez, Soledad;
  • Dorador, Cristina;
  • Fredes, Felipe;
  • Guerrero-Bosagna, Carlos;
  • Henny, Pablo;
  • Libedinsky, Camilo;
  • Marcelo, Wara;
  • Marquez, I. Natalia;
  • Martinez, Jaime;
  • Medina, Mauricio C.;
  • Parra, Daniela;
  • Pohl, Nelida;
  • Pottstock, Hans;
  • Ossandon, Tomas;
  • Razeto, Pablo;
  • Rubilar, David;
  • Salas, Carlos;
  • Salinas, Fernanda;
  • Sepulveda, Esteban;
  • Soto, Carolina;
  • Suarez, Rodrigo;
  • Vargas, Alexander;
  • Vega-Zuniga, Tomas;
  • Velasquez, Nelson;
  • Vidal, Juan;
  • Villagra, Cristian A.;
  • Villavicencio, Camila P.
  • et al.
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In a recent commentary, Nespolo (2003) makes reference to his personal experience as exattendant to the course of evolution imparted by Dr. Humberto Maturana and Dr. Jorge Mpodozis at the Facultad de Ciencias of the Universidad de Chile to construct a negative criticism of Chilean undergraduate teaching of evolution. As ex-attendants of the mentioned course of evolution we have had an experience that is directly comparable to that of Dr. Nespolo. Here we wish to point out our opinion regarding this course, which is markedly different. First, it is a caricature to state that in this course natural selection is taught as being wrong. A serious and critical revision of natural selection, the synthetic theory, and evolutionary ecology is a fundamental part of the course. These and other topics are presented by researchers from those fields, such as Drs. Germán Manríquez and Rodrigo Medel. The scientific contributions of both researchers receive positive comments in Nespolo (2003).

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